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WWS Distance Learning – Ongoing Updates

At Home Links & Support For WWS students

E-learning schedules & links during in-class suspension

*Please bookmark this page for future reference for WWS’ E-learning links and details on classroom updates during the COVID-19 crisis.

NOTE: Any specific classroom information pertaining to students will also be emailed directly from your classroom teacher, guardian and/or school chair. 

>> School E-learning Updates

We have heard your requests for consistency, clarity, and reassurance that your children will be met through a model of distance education that will also allow you to work. We will aim to choose technology that best supports the delivery of class lessons and eases your role in managing all this in the coming weeks. – Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School

Highlights of  the E-learning timeline:

Week One: March 30-Apr 3

Class/main lesson teachers will be contacting students via parents email to connect and provide a preview of the format of next week’s lessons and also their updated contact information including hours of availability for fielding questions. They will also provide suggestions around establishing routines and work spaces to support you and your child’s well-being in relation to home lessons.

Monday,  March 30th: The first week’s lesson package from Kindergarten through to Grade 12 will be sent via email by Monday morning at 8:30 am.  Lessons have been simplified, and are more activity based, with consideration for the home environment. Playschool families can also expect a package of resources.

Please note: The focus of the first week is to establish routine and provide students meaningful activities. Only main lesson work and math skills will be delivered. Other subject lessons will follow in the second week.

During this week, faculty and administration will be focusing our work on implementing consistent digital and non-digital platforms that will better support home lessons and distance learning for the weeks to come.

Friday April 3: E-learning details released with explanation of how to get started, and links to classroom packages & downloads.

Week Two: April 6-10

Monday April 6:  The grades and some subjects teachers will begin our initial use of digital platforms for working with classes and our parent community. Teachers will have developed a plan to utilize the video conferencing in various ways appropriate to the different grade levels, to provide opportunities for warmth and connection through parent meetings, small groups, or live class instruction.

We are exploring and studying additional apps and digital tools (we will share these with you as well by Friday, April 3), as we determine which ones will best fit our community. For some, this will be an exciting time of learning new technology and we are here to assist those less certain.

Technology Support details:

WWS sent a survey to all families on Tues. March 24. If you haven’t already, please complete this so that we better understand our families’ needs. It is our commitment to make sure everyone has equitable access to learning materials.

E-mailing Teacher(s) Directly:

We encourage you to email your teacher directly with comments, questions, and appreciation. It is also helpful to all of us to reply only to the person sending a message, rather than hitting “reply all” to multiple class lists.

We are here for you, and hope that through this unprecedented and challenging time you will continue to find moments of reflection and beauty with your family, your friends, and the Whistler Waldorf community. – Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School

>> Specific Classroom E-Learning Updates:

Note: March 28/20 – Coming soon as per timeline above.

  • Early Years (Little Cedars & Briar Rose)
  • Grade 1-4
  • Grade 5-7
  • Grade 8-12

Community Corner – March 12

WWS Spotlight

A chance to meet our school community

Grace Laverdiere- WWS Grade 12 student

Here is Grace’s personal reflection on her Grade 12 service work art project featured in the March 12th E-news: 

“As an artist who loves painting landscapes, the environment is very important to me as it’s where my inspiration comes from. It was an honor to create a series of paintings for the Squamish Environmental Society, representing their theme of connecting art and science. Art will always convey an emotion to the viewer. Science, on the other hand, is presented as fact, with no room for interpretation or emotion.

 

Representing an environmental issue through art brings more awareness on the subject and makes it more personal to the viewer since science is usually presented at a distance. This awareness is what I hoped to convey in my paintings representing the large mammal species of the Howe Sound and Sea to Sky area.I hope that my paintings urge you (as the viewer) to acknowledge and observe the beauty of this area through a new perspective.”

Thank you Grace for your service work & inspirational artwork.

 

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Posts from the community and school

100 Kids Whistler 2nd meeting at the Westin Resort set for March 12 – 

We are very excited to host the second meeting for the 100 Kids (who care) Whistler chapter.

Date: Thursday, March 12

Location: Westin Resort & Spa

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Registration for 100 Kids Whistler is open to all kids ages 5 – 18 in our community. Please note that members under 12 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult, there are no childcare services provided on site.

Brought to you by the 100 Women of Whistler local non profit group. If you are not familiar with the 100 Who Care Alliance, it is a simple, effective and efficient way to raise funds in your community for organizations that matter to you. Whistler currently has a 100 Women chapter (donating $100.00/member quarterly) and we have decided to take this opportunity to expose our children to this socially conscious movement (donating $10.00/member quarterly). 100 Kids Whistler wants to inspire the next generation by providing a forum to contribute to local charities. We want to share the true spirit and joy of giving, and let our littlest locals see for themselves what a difference their contributions can make. Come by March 12 to learn more!

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Father Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale Now – This year’s Father Daughter Dance is Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  The event is a major  fundraiser for the Whistler Children’s Centre.

Check out  the Facebook event for ticket information and to purchase soon as this event usually sells out every year.

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Whistler Welcome Centre Survey now open –

The Whistler Welcome Centre is doing some research as part of our Parenting in Another Culture program. This year, we are focusing on parents of school age children, specifically high school – grades 8 to 12.  The survey is to help us identify and understand the challenges of parenting in another culture in Whistler so we can provide the services and information to better support immigrant and newcomer parents in our community.

Here is a link to the online survey https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQGBRZgdc1

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Katherine Fawcett’s Swan Suit Book Launch on April 7

This is a free event at the Whistler Public Library. From Katherine: “I hope you’ll join me in Whistler to celebrate the launch of The Swan Suit (Douglas & McIntyre)”. The evening will feature a reading and discussion, plus music from Birdsong Jazz (with vocalist Robyn Forsyth, guitarist M.J. Mullin and bassist Tony Moser). Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Armchair Books.

“Fairytales and folktales collide with 21st-century feminism in Katherine Fawcett’s deviously imagined Swan Suit. With hilarity and heart she lays bare what it means to be human (or witch or devil or cat or wolf or entrepreneurial pig) in a world both ancient and evolving.”
—Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

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Long-term Accommodation Required:

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

 

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Bike wanted: ISO Norco Ninja 20″ 

ISO 20“ Norco Ninja bike for my daughter.

Had the 16“ and loved it. Budget is $120 max.

Anyone upgrading?

Please contact Romy Grayson by email

Community Corner – March 5

WWS Spotlight

A chance to meet our school community

Victoria Rodriguez – Grade 9 International Student, Mexico

You come from a huge city – Mexico City. What has been the biggest surprise for you coming to Whistler?I was actually surprised at how easy it was to adapt. Whistler is small and Pemberton, where I am living, even smaller, but the transition has been fine. I don’t miss the city at all!
And what has been the biggest surprise in regard to studying at WWS? I can’t believe how nice everyone has been. Both teachers and students alike have been so kind and welcoming.
What has the highlight been so far? Definitely the winter trip. It was such a unique experience for me to be out in nature like that and learning outdoor ed skills.
In Mexico, you studied in an International Baccalaureate school. What differences have you seen between IB and Waldorf?  There are some similarities and both offer a rigorous education.  I do feel, however, that Waldorf prepares students better for life whereas IB prepares you only for university. We have more varied experiences here and definitely more integration of the arts.
What is on your bucket list of things to see before you head home?
I’d like to spend more time at the lakes once they thaw. I haven’t seen the ice cave on Blackcomb yet, and also hope to catch Vallea Lumina.

Thank you to Victoria. It’s wonderful to have you here at WWS!

 

Bulletin Board Listings

Posts from the community and school

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COWS Fundraiser for Mental Health on Friday March 6th 2020 –  COWS Whistler will be donating all of our Ice Cream sales, staff tips & any other donations we receive to the Canadian Mental Health Awareness association of BC on this day in memory of a long time friend & manager that worked at our COWS location.

This is the second year we are running this event! Last year our store alone raised $4k and company wide we donated $43, 000 to this amazing cause.

Please come out and buy an ice cream in support of Mental Health.

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Imagine 2120 – TELUS Winter Classic Gala Event on March 7 –

Imagine 2120 is part of the 27th annual two-day, the TELUS Winter Classic. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts & culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and

family programs.

Where & When: Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain from 6:45pm – Midnight. (Upload the Gondola between 6:45pm & 7:30pm. Dress warmly for the ride up, coat & boot check at the top.)

Tickets: $250 (incl. all taxes and fees) For guests 19+ Tickets can be purchased here.

More info at the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation website.

The TELUS Winter Classic is for you if you are a person that:

  • Hungers for an amazing breakfast at the Fairmont Whistler
  • Is excited to explore the depths of the mountains with a Whistler Pro/Ambassador
  • Feels the need for speed and friendly competition on our custom Race Course
  • Enjoys Après after a long day on the slopes
  • Likes to sample delightful wines and cheeses
  • Has a love of dressing up for themed mountain top events
  • Loves our community and supporting local Sea to Sky Charities

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100 Kids Whistler 2nd meeting at the Westin Resort set for March 12 – 

We are very excited to host the second meeting for the 100 Kids (who care) Whistler chapter.

Date: Thursday, March 12

Location: Westin Resort & Spa

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Registration for 100 Kids Whistler is open to all kids ages 5 – 18 in our community. Please note that members under 12 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult, there are no childcare services provided on site.

Brought to you by the 100 Women of Whistler local non profit group. If you are not familiar with the 100 Who Care Alliance, it is a simple, effective and efficient way to raise funds in your community for organizations that matter to you. Whistler currently has a 100 Women chapter (donating $100.00/member quarterly) and we have decided to take this opportunity to expose our children to this socially conscious movement (donating $10.00/member quarterly). 100 Kids Whistler wants to inspire the next generation by providing a forum to contribute to local charities. We want to share the true spirit and joy of giving, and let our littlest locals see for themselves what a difference their contributions can make. Come by March 12 to learn more!

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Father Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale Now – This year’s Father Daughter Dance is Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  The event is a major  fundraiser for the Whistler Children’s Centre.

Check out  the Facebook event for ticket information and to purchase soon as this event usually sells out every year.

__________________________________________

Whistler Welcome Centre Survey now open –

The Whistler Welcome Centre is doing some research as part of our Parenting in Another Culture program. This year, we are focusing on parents of school age children, specifically high school – grades 8 to 12.  The survey is to help us identify and understand the challenges of parenting in another culture in Whistler so we can provide the services and information to better support immigrant and newcomer parents in our community.

Here is a link to the online survey https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQGBRZgdc1

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Katherine Fawcett’s Swan Suit Book Launch on April 7

This is a free event at the Whistler Public Library. From Katherine: “I hope you’ll join me in Whistler to celebrate the launch of The Swan Suit (Douglas & McIntyre)”. The evening will feature a reading and discussion, plus music from Birdsong Jazz (with vocalist Robyn Forsyth, guitarist M.J. Mullin and bassist Tony Moser). Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Armchair Books.

“Fairytales and folktales collide with 21st-century feminism in Katherine Fawcett’s deviously imagined Swan Suit. With hilarity and heart she lays bare what it means to be human (or witch or devil or cat or wolf or entrepreneurial pig) in a world both ancient and evolving.”
—Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

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Long-term Accommodation Required:

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

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Bike wanted: ISO Norco Ninja 20″ 

ISO 20“ Norco Ninja bike for my daughter.

Had the 16“ and loved it. Budget is $120 max.

Anyone upgrading?

Please contact Romy Grayson by email

Community Corner – Feb. 27

WWS Spotlight

A chance to meet our school community

Jaime, Robyn, Annie & Fraser – The Akehurst Family, WWS new family

The Akehurst family have thoroughly enjoyed our transition to Whistler Waldorf this year. Our family have been living here in Whistler for around 18 years, originally from Vancouver Island. Annie in year 5 and Fraser in Briar Rose (kindergarten), have been supported by new friends and wonderful teachers through their transition to Waldorf. If we were to summarize our fall, it would be calm and beautiful. Waldorf has taught our family to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

One memory this past October was on a walk behind Meadow Park, Annie took me off the trail as she was elaborately explaining her rich knowledge of fauna and flora. Before I knew it I was on my hands and knees looking at the Earth floor. To experience how she took her learning from the classroom out into the community was phenomenal. She was so excited to share her learning with me. Fraser shares his passion daily for candle lit meals and joyful songs. He retells stories he has heard around our dinner table. He is excited to tell us about his forest plays and making new friends at school.

We feel our children are in the best possible care we could dream for them. Waldorf has blended our Islander grass roots with our mountain culture lifestyle. Our friendships have expanded as we have enjoyed the parent events where we have met wonderful families. We feel that we share similar family values with these parents and we look forward to spending more time together.

The Winter Faire was spectacular. Our children created beautiful crafts that we will cherish for years to come. We loved how the food was simple yet warm and nourishing. We love the overall emphasis on health and well being both in the class and during festivities.
We are grateful to say we are part of the Waldorf community. After participating in the most recent Summit Centre meeting we are excited for the future and what these opportunities bring to both our children and our community.

Thank you to the Akehurst Family for sharing your memories and great experiences! 

 

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Father Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale Sunday March 1 – This year’s Father Daughter Dance is Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  The event is a major  fundraiser for the Whistler Children’s Centre and usually sells out every year.

The ticket link will be either emailed to you this Sunday morning or you can follow the Facebook event where it will also be posted.

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COWS Fundraiser for Mental Health on Friday March 6th 2020 –  COWS Whistler will be donating all of our Ice Cream sales, staff tips & any other donations we receive to the Canadian Mental Health Awareness association of BC on this day in memory of a long time friend & manager that worked at our COWS location.

This is the second year we are running this event! Last year our store alone raised $4k and company wide we donated $43, 000 to this amazing cause.

Please come out and buy an ice cream in support of Mental Health.

__________________

Imagine 2120 – TELUS Winter Classic Gala Event on March 7 –

Imagine 2120 is part of the 27th annual two-day, the TELUS Winter Classic. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts & culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and

family programs.

Where & When: Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain from 6:45pm – Midnight. (Upload the Gondola between 6:45pm & 7:30pm. Dress warmly for the ride up, coat & boot check at the top.)

Tickets: $250 (incl. all taxes and fees) For guests 19+ Tickets can be purchased here.

More info at the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation website.

The TELUS Winter Classic is for you if you are a person that:

  • Hungers for an amazing breakfast at the Fairmont Whistler
  • Is excited to explore the depths of the mountains with a Whistler Pro/Ambassador
  • Feels the need for speed and friendly competition on our custom Race Course
  • Enjoys Après after a long day on the slopes
  • Likes to sample delightful wines and cheeses
  • Has a love of dressing up for themed mountain top events
  • Loves our community and supporting local Sea to Sky Charities

_________________________________________

Katherine Fawcett’s Swan Suit Book Launch on April 7

This is a free event at the Whistler Public Library. From Katherine: “I hope you’ll join me in Whistler to celebrate the launch of The Swan Suit (Douglas & McIntyre)”. The evening will feature a reading and discussion, plus music from Birdsong Jazz (with vocalist Robyn Forsyth, guitarist M.J. Mullin and bassist Tony Moser). Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Armchair Books.

“Fairytales and folktales collide with 21st-century feminism in Katherine Fawcett’s deviously imagined Swan Suit. With hilarity and heart she lays bare what it means to be human (or witch or devil or cat or wolf or entrepreneurial pig) in a world both ancient and evolving.”
—Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

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Long-term Accommodation Required:

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

 

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Bike wanted: ISO Norco Ninja 20″ 

ISO 20“ Norco Ninja bike for my daughter.

Had the 16“ and loved it. Budget is $120 max.

Anyone upgrading?

Please contact Romy Grayson by email

Community Corner – February 13

WWS Spotlight

A way to meet our school community

Maya Coleman, WWS student since Kindergarten, now in Grade 7

You’ve been a student at WWS for a long time; what is your favourite part of school?
Everything! I like my classes and have a lot of fun. I also really like all my teachers, they are good at their job.

What has been your favourite block this year?
I enjoyed the creative writing block and am most proud of the two poems that I wrote. I also like drama and we are in our play block right now. Our play is tonight and I am playing the 2nd senator’s wife as well as the Grand Duchess. (Note: Maya’s poem “Autumn Passing” is featured in the photos below).

Next year you are officially a high school student. Are you excited about that?
Yes, I am super excited. I will get to hang out more with my brother who will be in Grade 10. I am also excited for all the camping trips, the opportunity to play guitar in music class and also continuing to do class plays.

What would you tell a prospective student looking at joining your class?
We welcome new people. It’s nice having people from different backgrounds and cultures in our school. We all really like to learn and have fun in our classes.

Thank you Maya! 

Bulletin Board Listings

Posts from the community and school

FREE Youth Skating Evening – Feb. 19:

Whistler’s Alphabet Soup group in conjunction with the youth centre is hosting a free skating event on Feb. 19 starting at 5:30pm.

More details on the flyer.

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FREE Parent Community Workshop – Feb. 23:

Whistler High School is offering a FREE parent event with practical tips for parents to help children learn executive functioning skills from renowned education therapist Sarah Ward.

 

Date: Sunday  Feb. 23

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Whistler High School at 8000 Alpine Way, Whistler BC

Doors Open at 4:30pm. Parking will be limited so please carpool or take a bus from the village.

Please Sign-up (So we know how many chairs to put out) to get your FREE tickets at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/bridging-function-in-school-home-with-sarah-ward-tickets-88708817461 

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Imagine 2120 – TELUS Winter Classic Gala Event on March 7 

Imagine 2120 is part of the 27th annual two-day, the TELUS Winter Classic. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts & culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and

family programs.

Where & When: Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain from 6:45pm – Midnight. (Upload the Gondola between 6:45pm & 7:30pm. Dress warmly for the ride up, coat & boot check at the top.)

Tickets: $250 (incl. all taxes and fees) For guests 19+ Tickets can be purchased here.

More info at the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation website.

The TELUS Winter Classic is for you if you are a person that:

  • Hungers for an amazing breakfast at the Fairmont Whistler
  • Is excited to explore the depths of the mountains with a Whistler Pro/Ambassador
  • Feels the need for speed and friendly competition on our custom Race Course
  • Enjoys Après after a long day on the slopes
  • Likes to sample delightful wines and cheeses
  • Has a love of dressing up for themed mountain top events
  • Loves our community and supporting local Sea to Sky Charities

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Long-term Accommodation Required:

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

_____________

Bike wanted: ISO Norco Ninja 20″ 

ISO 20“ Norco Ninja bike for my daughter.

Had the 16“ and loved it. Budget is $120 max.

Anyone upgrading?

Please contact Romy Grayson by email

Community Corner – February 6

WWS Spotlight

A way to meet our school community

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Ms. Edrie Henderson – WWS Student Support Manager

Edrie, I know you wear many hats here at WWS – what do you do?

Yes, I do wear several hats. I coordinate the Alternate Education program which allows high level athletes to manage their schooling and training. I also support the Grade 10 Exchange Program – our students are able to study at other Waldorf schools worldwide. I help support the fundraising efforts of our Grade 11 students who fund raise for their Grade 12 international service trip. I am the Student Support Manager and work with students on their math & English language skills and lastly, I am the Care Chair which means that I work with students who need extra social/emotional support.

As someone who works across the grades and in different areas of the school, what do you think is the benefit of a Whistler Waldorf education?

I have worked in education for 21 years – the last 7 has been here. I believe that students in Waldorf are held  – their needs are met and they are cared for in ways that I didn’t experience in other schools. Students here are successful beyond what I think they would be elsewhere.

Tell us something we might not know about you:

My professional experience began as a wilderness trip leader. I worked with at risk students and took them on extended wilderness trips In my free time, I am an avid baker and love to spend time with my family and my two dogs!

Thank you Edrie! 

 

Bulletin Board Listings

Posts from the community and school

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FREE Youth Skating Evening – Feb. 19:

Whistler’s Alphabet Soup group in conjunction with the youth centre is hosting a free skating event on Feb. 19 starting at 5:30pm.

More details on the flyer.

_________________________________________

FREE Parent Community Workshop – Feb. 23:

Whistler High School is offering a FREE parent event with practical tips for parents to help children learn executive functioning skills from renowned education therapist Sarah Ward.

 

Date: Sunday  Feb. 23

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Whistler High School at 8000 Alpine Way, Whistler BC

Doors Open at 4:30pm. Parking will be limited so please carpool or take a bus from the village.

Please Sign-up (So we know how many chairs to put out) to get your FREE tickets at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/bridging-function-in-school-home-with-sarah-ward-tickets-88708817461 

 

 

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Imagine 2120 – TELUS Winter Classic Gala Event on March 7 

Imagine 2120 is part of the 27th annual two-day, the TELUS Winter Classic. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts & culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and

family programs.

Where & When: Roundhouse Lodge, Whistler Mountain from 6:45pm – Midnight. (Upload the Gondola between 6:45pm & 7:30pm. Dress warmly for the ride up, coat & boot check at the top.)

Tickets: $250 (incl. all taxes and fees) For guests 19+ Tickets can be purchased here.

More info at the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation website.

The TELUS Winter Classic is for you if you are a person that:

  • Hungers for an amazing breakfast at the Fairmont Whistler
  • Is excited to explore the depths of the mountains with a Whistler Pro/Ambassador
  • Feels the need for speed and friendly competition on our custom Race Course
  • Enjoys Après after a long day on the slopes
  • Likes to sample delightful wines and cheeses
  • Has a love of dressing up for themed mountain top events
  • Loves our community and supporting local Sea to Sky Charities

_______________________________

Long-term Accommodation Required:

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

Community Corner – January 30

WWS Spotlight

A way to meet our school community

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Mollianne ReynoldsWWS Grade 1 Teacher

After a couple class teaching cycles, you were solely the Handwork teacher. You are now back at it again with Grade 1. How has the return to class teaching been?
I cannot say the return to class teaching has not been a little exhausting some days and specifically the early morning start was not something I missed as a handwork teacher. That being said, I have always loved and been inspired by the many intertwined aspects of the curriculum and as class teacher I revel in exploring all these aspects and the many subjects with a class again. Not to mention how lovely it is to once again swim about in imaginative stories, create more chalkboard art, and develop songs, poems, and plays for lessons beyond the yarn bin. And of course I miss teaching all the students for handwork; however, I find it equally fulfilling to be with the Grade One (and Two!) and work with more than just yarn, fabric and thread.
Each day must present you with funny memorable moments from your students. Do you have one to share?
Indeed I have a number of priceless moments that I have stored away in a little corner of my head – they often come out at important times of reflection like graduations. Often the humorous comments or situations reflect the students’ experiences at that moment, but occasionally they could apply any one of us. As was the case one day when a Grade Three student paused in their book work and muttered in explanation, “My third eye is all wobbly.” My heart went out to him – I hate it when that happens too.
You are known for your impressive art skills across mediums – fabric arts, chalk, and watercolor. Do tell – what is your favorite?
When it comes to the arts, I have to admit I often feel like a jack of all trades and master of none  regularly I create pieces that I know could be better, but I haven’t the patience or expertise to perfect to them to the finished products I had in mind. But the closest I come is with chalkboard art – especially when I have an idea in mind – so I that is where I am most content with my end results. Knitting, however, is something that I find the most relaxing and almost addictive (when I have the time to work on it).

Thank you Mollianne! 

 

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Long-term Accommodation Required: 

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

Parent Community Workshop Feb. 23:

Whistler High School is offering a FREE parent event with practical tips for parents to help children learn executive functioning skills from renowned education therapist Sarah Ward.

Date: Sunday Feb. 23

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Whistler High School at 8000 Alpine Way, Whistler BC

Doors Open at 4:30pm. Parking will be limited so please carpool or take a bus from the village.

Please Sign-up (So we know how many chairs to put out) to get your FREE tickets at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/bridging-function-in-school-home-with-sarah-ward-tickets-88708817461 

Women’s Centre Donations Needed –  It’s the Year of the Rat and that means you may find yourself de-cluttering for 2020. Please donate any clothing to Whistler’s Women’s Centre.